2018 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award Winners - U of I Extension

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2018 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award Winners

This article was originally published on August 24, 2018 and expired on September 24, 2018. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

The 2018 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award (SYDPA) program was held August 18, at the Illinois State Fair. Twenty 4-H dairy project members from across Illinois took part in the event. The purpose of the contest is to create an educational activity that promotes youth development, career development, and personal growth through increased knowledge of the dairy industry. This three-phase competition emphasizes the youth’s knowledge of the dairy industry. The “top three” overall participants were awarded with a $1,000 scholarship. The $3,000 in scholarships was sponsored by Compeer Financial and awarded to:

Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick, IL (Carroll County)

Addison Raber, Gridley, IL (Livingston, County)

Lane Heinzmann, Carlyle, IL (Clinton County)

Individual plaques, sponsored by Land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeders Association and Illinois State Fair, were awarded to the “top 3” in each phase and the “top 3” overall winners.

The first phase was a dairy management test relating to dairy nutrition, health, reproduction, milk marketing, and other dairy related information. Top three contestants for this phase were:

Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick, IL (Carroll County)

Addison Raber, Gridley, IL (Livingston, County)

Lane Heinzmann, Carlyle, IL (Clinton County)

The second phase was a three station skill-a-thon on various aspects of the dairy industry. Contestants had to identify dairy feeds, identify, understanding DHI information, and identify dairy equipment. The top three contestants in the skill-a-thon were:

Lane Heinzmann, Carlyle, IL (Clinton County)

Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick, IL (Carroll County)

Briley Lenkaitis, Eldorado, IL (Saline County)

The third phase of the Superior Young Dairy Producer Contest was a judging contest. The judging phase consisted of animal selection by placing four classes of dairy cows and two classes of heifers. The top three contestants for this phase were:

Jacob Raber, Gridley, IL (Livingston County)

Addison Raber, Gridley, IL (Livingston County)

Dawn Irwin, Beason, IL (Logan County)

This year marked the 23rd consecutive year for the Superior Young Dairy Producer Award Program which has provided $111,000 in college scholarships to Illinois dairy youth since its inception. The program is developed and conducted by Dave Fischer, 4-H Extension Dairy Program Coordinator.

Source: David Fischer, Academic Hourly, dfischer@illinois.edu

Pull date: September 24, 2018